“It’s a brain tumor.”
You might be wondering what that sentence has to do with creating the Doorknob Society, everything really. The idea for DS came about a few years ago when I was annoyed with the choices I had for my daughter regarding female characters in books. I wanted her to have someone she could identify with and experience wonderful journeys alongside. So Chloe Masters, was born and from her the Doorknob Society.
As for the brain tumor, it was a little over a year ago when my doctor gave me that diagnosis. It is inoperable but not the kind that kills you fortunately, though it is the kind that makes you go blind or gives you a stroke. If you die from the stroke that’s what kills you not the tumor, somehow I always felt that was splitting hairs. My life screeched to a halt as I began treatment, on sick leave and between doctor visits, hospital stays and growing accustomed to my medication ( A misnomer really as the medication made me even sicker) I was pretty useless. One day between being sick and feeling miserable I decided to try and write to take my mind off of it. I’ve always been a writer at heart, scribbling on bits of paper or writing stories in school. I’ve had a few comic books published and was always working on something, but novels always seemed to allude me. I would start and never finish them.
Yet something had changed, my life was upside down and I found myself day after day writing about Chloe Masters and the Doorknob Society. It gave me a reason to get up in the morning and when I was up late at night sick with nausea it gave me something to concentrate on.
I took comfort in Chloe Masters strength and resolve as she lead me down the path to telling her story. I was introduced to a strange and enticing new world of secret societies and intrigue. The strength of character and friendship that was present in the story made me feel better at the end of the day. I can say without a doubt these characters kept me going and I hope that shows in the pages. They helped me through one of the worst years of my life and I can only hope that they have the slightest impact on anyone else who encounters them.
Finally I’m proud to present to you the book that saved my life, The Doorknob Society. Enjoy it I know I did.